Cairo, Egypt – African champions Egypt stole the show during last WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s international friendly matches with respect to African teams with a 3-0 drubbing over Australia at the Cairo International Stadium.
The Pharaohs were the brightest spot on a day that saw notable giants Ghana and Cote dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ivoire fail to shine in their ultimate international matches as far as this year is concerned. A goal each from Ahmed Abdul-Zaher, Mohamed Nagy and Mohamed Zidan saw the African champions cruised comfortably past the Socceroos.
In Dubai, GhanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Black Stars were held to a barren by Saudi Arabia at the Al Maktoum Stadium. The Green Falcons, preparing fore next yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Asian Cup held the World Cup quarterfinalists to the stalemate by putting up an impressive fight. Twenty-four hours earlier, Uganda also played out a similar scoreline with the Saudi Arabians in Abu Dhabi.
The Elephants of Cote dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ivoire were crushed 3-1 by Poland at the Stadion Miejski. France-based forward Yao Kouassi Gervais Ã¢â‚¬ËœGervinhoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ netted the consolation for the Ivorians whilst Mariusz Lewandowski and Ludovic Obraniak were on target for the Polish, with Lewandowski scoring twice.
World Cup hosts South Africa suffered a lone goal loss to the USA in the Mandela Cup with Juan Agudelo scoring the match five minutes from time at the Greenpoint Stadium.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco held Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw at Windsor Park. England-based forward Marouane Chamakh opened the scores for the Moroccans on 55 minutes before Rory Patterson converted a spot-kick in the dying embers of the game for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Algeria and Luxembourg settled for a barren draw just as Libya were held 1-1 by visiting Niger in Tripoli, whilst the Stallions of Burkina Faso cruised past Guinea 2-1.
The Teranga Lions of Senegal continued with their impressive form after beating Gabon 2-1, whilst Mali and Zimbabwe both registered 3-1 wins over the DR Congo and Mozambique respectively.
Wednesday, November 17
EgyptÃ‚Â 3-0 Australia
Saudi ArabiaÃ‚Â 0-0 Ghana
SenegalÃ‚Â 2-1 Gabon
MaliÃ‚Â 3-1 DR Congo
ZimbabweÃ‚Â 3-1 Mozambique
LuxembourgÃ‚Â 0-0 Algeria
Northern IrelandÃ‚Â 1-1 Morocco
South AfricaÃ‚Â 0-1 USA
Burkina FasoÃ‚Â 2-1 Guinea
LibyaÃ‚Â 1-1 Niger
Poland 3-1 Cote dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ivoire
MalawiÃ‚Â 2-1 Rwanda
Tuesday, November 16
Saudi ArabiaÃ‚Â 0-0 Uganda